The Sunday Salon – September 6, 2009 (The “too many review commitments, so these reading challenges are hitting the dust” edition)

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In last week’s Sunday Salon, I took stock of where I was in all my various reading challenges. It became very apparent that there are three that it is impossible for me to complete in time to meet the deadlines. Specifically, the TBR Challenge, the Outlander Challenge, and the Read Your Own Books Challenge.

The Outlander Challenge is to be finished by September 22nd, the release date of the 7th book in the series, An Echo in the Bone. I was all on track to finish in time, until I forgot to rip the 26th disc of Drums of Autumn and had to go to the back of the hold list. I’m still going to listen to the rest of the series, though, even though I won’t qualify as completing the challenge.

As for the TBR Challenge and the Read Your Own Books Challenge, there is no way I will finish these by the end of the year. I’ve only read 3 of my 12 TBR books, and 20 of the 70 I set as my Read Your Own Books goal. The reason is two-fold: I have accepted too many ARCs and review copies, and I have used the library’s online hold feature almost every time I’ve read about a new fantastic book.

So, there it is. It’s out in the open. I’m a reading challenge slacker. I am officially abandoning these three challenges.

And, as a kind of preview, here are the books I have waiting on my large pile of ARCs and review copies:

The Invention of Everything Else by Samantha Hunt
The Geography of Love: A Memoir by Glenda Burgess
Wait Until Twilight by Sang Pak
Holly’s Inbox by Holly Denham (I’m halfway through this one.)
The Twelve by William Gladstone
No Time to Wave Goodbye by Jacquelyn Mitchard
The Purloined Boy by Mortimus Clay
Fire by Kristin Cashore
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Other bookish posts this past week:

~ Book Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner
~ My ever-expanding list of books you must read
~ Literary Road Trip: Author Michael Harmon
~ Book Review: The Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares

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23 Responses to The Sunday Salon – September 6, 2009 (The “too many review commitments, so these reading challenges are hitting the dust” edition)

  1. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread
    says:

    I am in the same boat with you on the Outlander Challenge. I was on a good roll too, but started to find I could not listen to them back-to-back, which is pretty much what I would’ve had to do. I am 8 or 9 discs from the end of The Fiery Cross, and in theory, if I really crunched it, I could get through the last one before the 22nd, but I just can’t. Outlander burnout big time. It is hard for me to describe my feelings. I love it, but once I finish, I will be happy if I don’t hear another “Aye” for a very long time.

    There for a few months, ARC’s were pulling me off course too. I have one more to read, then I am taking an ARC hiatus. There are so many other wonderful books on my shelf, and reading challenges to complete.
    .-= Sandy´s last blog ..The Best of…Kevin Demetroff’s Top 10 Books (Part I) =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Sandy – Okay, here’s how twisted my sense of humor is – I was immediately tempted to add the word “Aye” to every comment I leave on your blog! 😉 I know what you mean, though – they are wonderful, but definitely need something in between. Right now I’m alternating – one disc of The Fiery Cross, then one disc of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrrell. And I’ve stopped accepting ARCs and review copies, too – unless something truly wonderful is offered to me. (See, it’s a sickness.)

  2. If it makes you feel better, I got as far as downloading the first book in the Outlander series and no further. I know what you mean about slacking. It is the same time of year as last when I put my foot down and said that I would be agreeing to no more review copies and next year will be all about what I want to read. I made a schedule for me that would get me through all of my remaining ARCs, etc… and I did really good until I was a month from digging out from under them. I saw the light at the end of the tunnel and felt so footloose and fancy free that I started accepting review copies. Now I’m in the same place, but maybe a little worse off. Sigh… I have a feeling I’ll be doing this all over again. At least they seem to be such good books!
    .-= Literate Housewife´s last blog ..#196 ~ Admission =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Jennifer – I agree – at least the majority of ARCs and review copies have been books I would have loved to read anyway. I really do only accept ones that I think I’ll like, but lately there have been so many of them!

  3. Beth F
    Twitter: BethFishReads
    says:

    I dropped some too. I decided it was better to drop out now than to be frustrated later. Admit defeat, take away the stress, and turn to the challenges you have a chance at completing. Yay you!
    .-= Beth F´s last blog ..Review: Fishing Journals by Louis Gary Lamit =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Beth – I agree! I would have spent the last four months of the year completely stressed about the books I needed to read – not a good way to feel, especially about reading, which is my favorite thing in the world.

  4. Monique
    Twitter: MoniqueReads
    says:

    I haven’t dropped any of my challenges yet. But I don’t think that I will be able complete all of them. I got over zealous and signed up for about 8 challenges.

    Good luck.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Monique – I signed up for 11 I think! Some of them don’t have to be done by the end of the year, though, so they’re still possible.

  5. Lezlie says:

    It’s sp easy to go nuts signing up for Challenges. They’re all so fun! I had to pull out of a few last year, but I”m working hard to finish all the ones I took up this year. Next year is The Year of No Signing Up For Challenges for me. 🙂

    Lezlie
    .-= Lezlie´s last blog ..HAUNTED =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Lezlie – I’ve already signed up for challenges that go into next year! I can’t seem to say no.

  6. Kathy says:

    I tried a couple challenges last year and totally bombed, so I said I wasn’t going to sign up for anymore, but guess what? I did. I signed up for 2 this year and I think I’m going to complete one. I haven’t read the first book for the other one, though. Sigh.
    .-= Kathy´s last blog ..Review and Giveaway: Blame =-.

  7. Whoosh! While I’m sorry you failed the challenge, I surely am glad you didn’t throw out ‘No Time To Wave Goodbye’!
    very best,
    Jackie

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Jackie – I wouldn’t skip out on your book – The Breakdown Lane is one of my favorite contemporary fiction novels!

  8. When I saw your post go up last night I turned to my husband and said, “Carrie stole my idea!” LOL What is it they say? Great mind think alike. 🙂 It was time, I think, to move on. I still plan to read all the books on my challenge lists even though I may not get to all of them by the end of the year. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, Carrie!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Wendy – After last week’s challenge wrap-up post, I realized I had to face the facts that these challenges weren’t going to happen! Like you, I still plan to read the books on my lists, but without the pressure of a deadline. And yes, great minds do think alike! 🙂

  9. Kim
    Twitter: BookstoreK
    says:

    I’m bailing on at least one challenge, it’s so good of you to announce it, I was thinking of just sneaking it in somewhere 🙂 I’m so gun ho about challenges at the beginning of the year when there seems to be so much time!
    .-= Kim´s last blog ..Looking for Books on the Big Island =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Kim – I know what you mean! It truly is a sickness – I’m totally tempted to join the countdown challenge – I keep justifying it to myself by saying I have all the way until 10/10/10. 🙂

  10. Rebecca says:

    I need to do this myself. I am never going to finish the 999 Challenge. No way. I’m on like 30-something out of 72.

    And by the way, I am reading Hush, Hush right now and I am loving it so far (and I don’t even normally read paranormal OR YA.)
    .-= Rebecca´s last blog ..August Monthly-Round Up =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Rebecca – glad to hear Hush, Hush is so good – I’m hoping to get to it soon!

  11. heidenkind says:

    You’re not a slacker, you just need a break. 🙂 Guess how much progress I’ve made on my challenges in the last two months? That’s right, zip! I’m not giving up, though. You never know, I might feel inspired to complete something…
    .-= heidenkind´s last blog ..The Makings of a Marginaliac =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Tasha – thanks for the encouragement – always nice to hear that I’m not a slacker. 🙂

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